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May 01, 2014

No congressional incumbent in Alabama faces a well-funded challenger

Challen Stephens   ·   ·  Link to Article
No congressional incumbent in Alabama faces a well-funded challenger

U.S Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, has two challengers this election year. But neither one reported raising a single campaign dollar in the first three months of 2014.

That's not unusual.

Across Alabama, not one House incumbent faces a challenger with the apparent means to mount a campaign. 

Brooks raised about $400,000 for the current race. Given what he already had in his campaign warchest, Brooks now sits on $787,000.

He faces independent candidate Mark Bray and Republican challenger Jerry Hill.According to federal election records through March 31, neither reported any fundraising activity.

Things aren't much more competitive farther south, where Rep. Robert Aderholt represents the 4th District. He raised $780,000 as of March 31.

Aderholt's only opponent, Republican challenger Phil Norris, has reported raising $225.

There is a competitive race for the open congressional seat in the 6th District, which includes Shelby County and areas around Birmingham.

But Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Mobile, has no primary opponent. Burton LeFlore is running as a Democrat. Le Flore shows $185 in cash on hand. 

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, faces independent Erick Wright, who reports no fundraising.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Anniston, raised $500,000 in his bid to fend off Republican challenger Thomas Casson

Casson reported $11,425. That makes him the state's best funded congressional challenger so far -- even though Rogers raised roughly 43 times the cash.

A Democratic candidate, Jesse Smith, reports no fundraising activity in that race.

The state's only Democratic incumbent, Rep. Terri Sewell in west Alabama's 7th District, raised $939,000 this cycle. Her Democratic challenger, Tamara Johnson, reported raising $10,039 as of March 31.


The two Republicans vying for that district, Stanley Mack and James Jenkins, reported raising $9 between them.


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